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Japan's first space tourist, Daisuke Enomoto, will blast off on board a Russian spaceship headed for the International Space Station (ISS) on September 14.

"The Japanese tourist is due to go into space on September 14. He is continuing his training at Star City. Last month, Daisuke Enomoto took a sea and land survival course in Sebastopol. Now he is training on a simulator of the ISS. And he is working at it with considerable determination" - Igor Panarine, Roskosmos spokesman.

The first Japanese space tourist is due to take off in a Soyuz capsule from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, accompanied by a Russian cosmonaut, Mikhail Tiurin, and a NASA astronaut, Michael Lopez-Alegria.
Enomoto made his fortune in the Internet business, will pay nearly $20-million to spend about 10 days in space. He will become the world's fourth space tourist.
Russia's state commission for space would meet on August 30 to formally approve the date of the flight and its crew members.

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An American and a German astronaut ventured out of the international space station Thursday to take on tasks more suited for a plumber, electrician and photographer.

The spacewalk, the 69th in the construction of the international space station, is important for expanding the orbital outpost with a flurry of 10 rocket launches in the next year, said Kirk Shireman, NASA deputy space station program manager.
The most important part of the spacewalk is to shore up a massive and crucial new cooling system for the space station that wonít get activated until December.
And as they ventured out of the space station at 10:04 a.m. ET, Reiter became the first spacewalker in history to wear a German flag on his American spacesuit. The European Space Agency's Reiter has walked in space two previous times, both in Russian suits out of the old Russian Mir space station. Fellow spacewalker Jeff Williams is making his third spacewalk.

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On 3 August at 15:55 hours CEST, ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter will step out of the International Space Station to begin a 6Ĺ hour spacewalk (extra-vehicular activity). During this time, he and fellow NASA crew member Jeff Williams will install items of hardware in preparation for future ISS assembly work and will also set up for deployment a number of instruments and experiments mounted on the outside of the Station. This will be Reiterís third EVA, having already carried out two spacewalks on his EuroMir 95 mission in 1995.

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According to a Russia Mission Control spokesman, the orbit of the International Space Station was raised by 1350 metres in preparation for the docking of the space shuttle Atlantis, which is due to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, between August 28 and September 7.

"The ISS orbit correction was necessary to create the best conditions for the docking of Atlantis"

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According to a top space station manager, NASA is considering shutting down all the research programs it conducts aboard the International Space Station for at least a year to fill a projected budget shortfall of up to $100 million.

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The first spacewalk on the Discovery shuttle's latest mission will take place on Saturday.

The British-born astronaut Piers Sellers and colleague Mike Fossum will carry out repairs to the exterior of the International Space Station.
They will also test a boom-arm which Nasa hopes future missions could use to go under a shuttle to carry out inspections and repairs.
The spacewalk is expected to last about six and a half hours.

It will be Fossum's first Extravehicular Activity (EVA); Sellers was a spacewalker on a previous shuttle mission, in 2002.

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According to Russian Federal Space agency press secretary Igor Panarin, Russian Federal Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin have signed a new protocol on cooperation in the maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS.

He said the protocol was signed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 1 during Perminovís working visit to the United States.
He was invited to attend the Discovery space shuttle launch, which was aborted on Saturday because of bad weather.
This is a strategic document, which defines bilateral cooperation in all aspects of the ISS maintenance, including the delivery of cargos.
The validity of the previous agreement expired this year.

"It is of paramount importance that a new agreement has been signed, and Russia and the United States have found optimum forms of cooperation. Both Griffin and Perminov are pleased with the signing" - Igor Panarin

Perminov has also met with the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA). Panarin said they discussed the program of the future manned space vehicle. That meeting did not result in signing of any accords.

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Astronauts can't find their stuff among the piles of mess on the International Space Station. Whatever would their parents say?

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Hitch Hiker 1 was launched aboard a Thor-Agena D rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on June 27, 1963

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An artist's rough conception of the secret U.S. Air Force Hitch Hiker 1 satellite, also known as KH4-9056, heading into orbit aboard its Thor-Agena booster.
Credit: Colorado State University

Period      105.97  
Inclination 82.03
Apogee 1763
Perigee 317


TLE Data

HITCH HIKER 1
1 00614U 63025B 06178.83201912 .00001448 00000-0 49203-4 0 1110
2 00614 082.0327 351.7695 0974332 306.8449 044.7091 13.58934725880731


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-- Edited by Blobrana at 00:25, 2006-06-30

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